Kyle Lohse

Kyle Matthew Lohse (/ˈloʊʃ/; born October 4, 1978) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Texas Rangers.

Lohse is a member of the Nomlaki tribe. As of 2014, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in MLB, with the others being Joba Chamberlain of the Cleveland Indians and Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees.[1]

On June 26, 2015, Lohse became the 14th pitcher to defeat all 30 MLB teams.[2]

Kyle Lohse
Kyle Lohse Brewers
Lohse with the Milwaukee Brewers
Born: October 4, 1978 (age 40)
Chico, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 22, 2001, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
July 19, 2016, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record147–143
Earned run average4.40
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Kyle was raised in Ord Bend, California, and attended nearby Hamilton Union High School in Hamilton City, California. Lohse followed in the footsteps of his parents, Larry and Leslie, who were both star athletes when they attended the same high school in the 1970s. He played basketball, baseball, and football. While playing baseball, he was an All-Conference pick in all four years of high school. He was also on the Honor Roll and took several advanced classes. He graduated in 1996.

Lohse's mother has Native American and Filipino ancestry and his father has German ancestry. Growing up, Lohse did not think of himself as anything other than "American" because the Nomlaki tribe did not reestablish itself until 1996.[3]

After high school, Lohse attended Butte College.

Major leagues

Minnesota Twins

The Chicago Cubs selected Lohse in the 29th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball draft. In 1999, the Cubs traded Lohse with Jason Ryan to the Minnesota Twins for Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs. Lohse made his MLB debut with the Twins on June 22, 2001.

In 2002, Lohse's first full year as a starter, he posted a 13–8 record with an ERA of 4.23. He followed that with success in 2003, starting 33 games and going 14–11 with a 4.61 ERA. In 2004, he did not fare as well, going 9–13 with a 5.34 ERA. Lohse has been to one ALCS, with the Twins in 2002.

On May 17, 2006, he was sent down to AAA Rochester, and the Twins called up replacement pitcher Boof Bonser. On June 9, Matt Guerrier broke his thumb and Lohse was recalled.

Cincinnati Reds

On July 31, 2006, Lohse was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for minor-league pitcher Zach Ward. Lohse made his first start for the Reds on August 17, 2006.

Philadelphia Phillies

On July 30, 2007, Lohse was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor-league pitcher Matt Maloney. After his departure from the Reds, Lohse's performance dropped off slightly, and in 11 starts with the Phillies, Lohse went 3–0, receiving a large number of no-decisions due to late offensive rallies by the Phillies lineup. His ERA for the Phillies swelled to 4.72,[4] and he averaged fewer than six innings pitched per start.

St. Louis Cardinals

On March 14, 2008, Lohse signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals[5] worth $4.25 million.[6]

Lohse was one of the biggest surprises for the Cardinals in the first half of the 2008 season, going 11–2 with a 3.39 ERA. He was later suspended for five games for throwing at Reds' pitcher Edinson Vólquez. Lohse appealed the ruling and pitched as he awaited a decision on his appeal, but Lohse eventually dropped his appeal and served his suspension in full.

Lohse and the Cardinals agreed to a four-year, $41-million contract extension on September 29, 2008.[7]

On April 17, 2010, in a 20-inning game against the New York Mets, Lohse entered the game playing left field in the 18th inning while shortstop Felipe López pitched.

On August 28, 2011, Lohse won his 100th game as a pitcher when the Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7–4. That year – during which the Cardinals won the World Series – he led the Cardinals with 14 wins and a 3.39 ERA.[8]

Lohse was named the Cardinals' Opening Day starting pitcher in 2012.[8] In that game, Lohse did not give up a hit until the seventh inning, when José Reyes hit a single to right field. In total, Lohse threw ​7 13 innings, giving up two hits while allowing one run and striking out three. Thus, Lohse became the first pitcher to earn a win at the new Marlins Park.[9]

His 16-3 won-lost record for 2012 led the National League in winning percentage, at .842, among eligible pitchers.[10]

Milwaukee Brewers

On March 25, 2013, it was confirmed that Kyle Lohse signed a three-year, $33 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.[11] Despite moving to one of the most hitter-friendly parks in Miller Park to pitch with Milwaukee, Lohse continued to pitch well. In his first season with the Brewers, Lohse went 11-10 with a 3.35 ERA over the course of 198 innings pitched.

In 2014 Lohse pitched to a 3.54 ERA over the course of 31 starts and 198 and third innings pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and struck out 141 batters, only two short of his career high.[12]

Texas Rangers

On May 13, 2016, Lohse signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers worth $2 million, with another $1.5 million in performance bonuses.[13] After two rough starts in which he allowed more than 10 runs, he was designated for assignment. Lohse refused his outright assignment and became a free agent on July 31.

Kansas City Royals

After sitting out the 2017 season, Lohse signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on March 31, 2018.[14] On May 10, 2018, Lohse announced his retirement from baseball via his Instagram.[15]

Pitching style

Lohse's arsenal features a two-seam fastball at 90-91 mph, a biting slider in the mid 80s, a downward-fading changeup in the low 80s, and a 12-6 curveball in the low-to-mid 70s. His slider is thrown harder than normal for a pitcher with his velocity and has a very tight break at the end, making it something of a hybrid between a cutter and a slider. At the beginning of his career, and until he began pitching with the Cardinals, his primary fastball was a normal four-seam fastball in the low 90s. After signing with St. Louis and under the tutelage of Dave Duncan, Lohse started using a two-seamer, a major reason for his development. Developing his two-seamer and refining his off-speed pitches, Lohse has become known as a very good command pitcher capable of inducing many ground-ball outs without walking many batters. He is not a major strikeout pitcher, but in 2012 set a new career high in strikeouts with 143 in 211 innings, giving him 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings, with only 1.6 walks.

During his career in Minnesota, Lohse dedicated himself to working with Cars for Courage, an organization that serves disabled children through sports programs and activities.[16]


  1. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent M. (June 8, 2008). "The American Indians of America's Pastime". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Totoraitis, Joe (June 27, 2015). "Brewers' big 1st inning backs Lohse in 10-4 win over Twins". Associated Press.
  3. ^ Capria, Brendan (March 21, 2014). "Kyle Lohse brings heritage and work ethic to Brewers". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Kyle Lohse 2007 Pitching Gamelogs -".
  5. ^ Matthew Leach (March 14, 2008). "Lohse signs contract with Cards". St. Louis Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Joe Strauss (March 13, 2008). "Lohse agrees to one-year deal with Cards". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  7. ^ Matthew Leach (September 29, 2008). "Lohse, Cards agree to four-year deal". St. Louis Retrieved December 8, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Langosch, Jenifer. "Lohse honored to give it his all in opener: Under the radar, veteran Cardinals right-hander had stellar '11," (Apr. 3, 2012).
  9. ^ Langosch, Jennifer (April 4, 2012). "Lohse masterful as Cards open season with win".
  10. ^ Who's Who In Baseball, 2013 edition, Pete Palmer, editor, published by Who's Who In Baseball, New York, Kyle Lohse statistical summary
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  13. ^ "Rangers agree to deal with free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse". 13 May 2016.
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  16. ^ "The Outstanding Alumni Award," Butte College Foundation website. Accessed Oct. 16, 2012.

External links

1996 Major League Baseball draft

The 1996 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, was held on June 4 and 5, 1996. A total of 1740 players were drafted over the course of 100 rounds.

This is the only draft to last 100 rounds. The last player taken was outfielder Aron Amundson, drafted by the New York Yankees in the 100th round.

This draft is also notable because a record four first-round draft picks were not offered contracts by the teams that drafted them and subsequently became free agents.

1999 Minnesota Twins season

The 1999 Minnesota Twins began their season on a positive note, with Brad Radke getting the win in a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. They finished the season in last place, with a poor record of 63-97.

2001 Minnesota Twins season

The 2001 Minnesota Twins marked the beginning of the Twins' ascendancy in the American League Central Division. After finishing the 2000 season last in the division with a disappointing 69-93 record, the 2001 team rebounded to finish 85-77, good enough for second place in the division. The six-year run of winning seasons that followed is the longest such stretch in franchise history. In his last year as manager, Tom Kelly continued the development of a core of young players who would win their division the following year.

Third baseman Corey Koskie hit 26 home runs and stole 27 bases, the only Twins player to steal at least 25 bases and hit 25 home runs in the same season.

2003 Minnesota Twins season

After winning the American League Central Division in 2002, the 2003 Minnesota Twins were looking to repeat division titles for the first time since 1969 and 1970. A spark for the team was the July trade of Bobby Kielty for Shannon Stewart. Stewart provided a veteran presence at the top of the lineup that the team had previously lacked. The team met its goal of reaching the playoffs, but once again fell short in the postseason. The Twins lost in four games to the New York Yankees during the AL Division Series. 2003 would be the last year several key players played with the team.

2004 Minnesota Twins season

The 2004 Minnesota Twins met their goal of three-peating as American League Central Division champions. The team was able to do this in spite of several new players and the absence of three former all-stars. Closer Eddie Guardado, set-up man LaTroy Hawkins, starter Eric Milton, and catcher A. J. Pierzynski had all been dealt prior to the beginning of the season, while first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz was traded midway through the season. The season had both highs – such as Johan Santana winning the Cy Young Award – and lows, such as highly anticipated rookie catcher Joe Mauer injuring his knee and playing for only 35 games. For the second year in a row, the team was not able to carry its regular season success into the post-season. The New York Yankees eliminated the Twins for the second year in a row in four games in the 2004 American League Division Series.

2005 Minnesota Twins season

Coming into the year, the 2005 Minnesota Twins were favored to go on and win their division. However, a weak offense and injuries (most notably to Torii Hunter) prevented this from coming to fruition. This led manager Ron Gardenhire to reshuffle his coaching staff following the season. The team finished sixteen games behind the World Champion Chicago White Sox. The Twins have never won four straight division titles in their 104-year franchise history.

2006 Minnesota Twins season

The Minnesota Twins 2006 season ended with Minnesota finishing the regular season as champions of the American League Central Division, but were swept in three games by the Oakland Athletics in the 2006 American League Division Series.

2009 St. Louis Cardinals season

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2009 season was the 128th season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri and the 118th season in the National League. The Cardinals, coming off an 86-76 season and fourth place in the NL Central, got off to a strong start in April before a team-wide offensive breakdown caused them to fall behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. Brilliant seasons from starting pitchers Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, and Joel Piñeiro helped St. Louis to stay in contention until the key midseason acquisitions of Matt Holliday, Mark DeRosa, and Julio Lugo revived the Cardinal offense. An August 20–6 effectively ended the NL Central race, and the Cardinals won the division with a 91-71 record, seven-and-a-half games better than the second-place Cubs. However, their playoff run ended quickly when they were swept in three games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

2012 National League Championship Series

The 2012 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the San Francisco Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2012 World Series. The series, the 43rd in league history, began Sunday, October 14, and ended Monday, October 22, with Fox airing all games in the United States. The Giants came back from 3–1 deficit and outscored the Cardinals, 20–1, over the final three games to win the series, 4–3.

This was the third postseason meeting between the Giants and the Cardinals, and also marked the first time in MLB history since the creation of the League Championship Series in 1969 that the last two World Series champions faced off against each other for the pennant. The Giants won in 2010 while the Cardinals won in 2011. Coincidentally, the last two postseason meetings between the two teams occurred in the NLCS, which both ended on October 14, the day of Game 1. The Cardinals won Game 7 of the 1987 NLCS, while the Giants triumphed in the pennant-clinching Game 5 of the 2002 NLCS.

The Giants would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series in four games.

2012 National League Wild Card Game

The 2012 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. It was held at Turner Field in Atlanta, on October 5, 2012, at 5:07 p.m. EDT. The Cardinals won by a 6–3 score and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the inaugural NL Wild Card Game, it is notable for being the final game of Chipper Jones's career, as well as for a controversial infield fly rule call made by umpire Sam Holbrook. The game was televised on TBS.

2013 Major League Baseball draft

The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 6 through June 8, 2013. The first two rounds were broadcast from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Each team received one selection per round, going in reverse order of the 2012 MLB season final standings. In addition, teams could receive compensation draft picks if they had made a qualifying offer to a free agent player from their team, and the player rejected the offer and signed with another team.

Butte College

Butte College is a community college in the Butte-Glenn Community College District in northern California. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has educational centers in Chico and Orland.

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury ( jə-KOH-bee; born September 11, 1983) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox from 2007 through 2013, and joined the Yankees before the 2014 season.

Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB draft, but did not sign. He was drafted next as 23rd overall by the Red Sox in the 2005, after playing college baseball for three years at Oregon State University. Ellsbury was the first Red Sox player in history to be a member of the 30–30 club. In 2011, Ellsbury also won the Gold Glove Award, the Silver Slugger Award, and was the American League MVP runner-up to Justin Verlander. After the 2013 season, Ellsbury signed a 7-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in free agency.

Ellsbury is an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes; Ellsbury's mother, Margie, is full-blooded Navajo and his father is of English and German descent. Ellsbury is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the major leagues. In 2008, he was one of three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, along with Kyle Lohse and Joba Chamberlain.

List of St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day starting pitchers

The St. Louis Cardinals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri. They play in the National League Central division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. As of 2008, The Cardinals have used 71 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 128 seasons. Since the franchise's beginning in 1882, the starters have a combined Opening Day record of 70 wins, 57 losses (70–57), and 22 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game. Although in modern baseball, ties are rare due to extra innings.

Bob Gibson holds the Cardinals record for most Opening Day starts with ten.


Lohse is a German-language surname. Notable people with the name include:

Adolf Lohse (1807–1867), Prussian master builder and architect

Bobby Lohse (born 1958), Swedish sailor

Bruno Lohse (1911–2007), German art dealer and looter during World War II

Detlef Lohse (born 1963), German professor

Ernst Lohse (1944–1994), Danish architect and designer

Gustav Lohse (1911–1999), German film editor

Hinrich Lohse (1896–1964), Nazi German politician and a convicted war criminal

Kyle Lohse (born 1978), American baseball pitcher

Martin Lohse (born 1971), Danish classical composer and visual artist

Martin J. Lohse (born 1956), German physician and pharmacologist

Oswald Lohse (1845–1915), German astronomer

Otto Lohse (1859–1925), German conductor and composer

René Lohse (born 1973), German competitive ice dancer

Richard Paul Lohse (1902–1988), Swiss painter and graphic artist

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler (1899–1940), German painter of the avant-garde

Maddux (statistic)

A Maddux is when a pitcher throws a complete game shut-out in under 100 pitches. Writer Jason Lukehart invented the statistic in 2012 and named it after his favorite baseball player Greg Maddux. Fittingly, as of 2019 Greg Maddux has the most career Madduxes with 13, since 1988 when accurate pitch counts were tracked. Zane Smith has the second most career Madduxes with 7 and shares the single season record for Madduxes with Greg Maddux with 3 each. Shelby Miller and Derek Holland are the leaders among active players players with 3 each. The 1988 season had the most Madduxes with 25, while 2018 had the fewest with just two thrown. Roy Halladay is the only player to have thrown an extra-inning Maddux throwing 99 pitches in 10 innings on September 6, 2003.

Philadelphia Phillies all-time roster (L)

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. The team has played officially under two names since beginning play in 1883: the current moniker, as well as the "Quakers", which was used in conjunction with "Phillies" during the team's early history. The team was also known unofficially as the "Blue Jays" during the World War II era. Since the franchise's inception, 2,006 players have made an appearance in a competitive game for the team, whether as an offensive player (batting and baserunning) or a defensive player (fielding, pitching, or both).

Of those 2,006 Phillies, 101 have had surnames beginning with the letter L. One of those players, second baseman Nap Lajoie, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame; he played for Philadelphia for five seasons (1896–1900). Greg Luzinski is a member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame; the left fielder played for the Phillies for 11 seasons, batting .281 and hitting 253 doubles.Among the 56 batters in this list, catcher Mike Loan has the highest batting average, at .500; he hit safely in one of his two career at-bats with the Phillies. Other players with an average above .300 include Lajoie (.345), Ralph LaPointe (.308 in one season), Freddy Leach (.312 in six seasons), Dan Leahy (.333 in one season), Cliff W. Lee (.315 in four seasons), Greg Legg (.409 in two seasons), Jesse Levan (.444 in one season), Jim Lindeman (.313 in two seasons), and Kenny Lofton (.335 in one season). Luzinski leads all members of this list with 223 home runs and 811 runs batted in.Of this list's 46 pitchers, the best win–loss record, in terms of winning percentage, is shared by three pitchers: Bobby Locke, who won one game in three seasons (1962–1964) with the Phillies; Kyle Lohse, who went 3–0 in 2007; and Marcelino López, who posted a 1–0 record during the 1963 season. Jim Lonborg's 75 victories and 60 defeats are tops in both of those statistical categories, and he also leads in strikeouts, with 551 in 7 seasons. In earned run average, Aquilino López is the leader; he averaged 2.13 earned runs per game in 2005.Johnny Lush is one of the ten Phillies pitchers who have thrown a no-hitter, accomplishing the feat on May 1, 1906. Lush also made more than 30% of his career appearances with Philadelphia as a first baseman, batting .254 and amassing 53 extra-base hits.

The Franchise (TV series)

The Franchise is an American reality-documentary television show that debuted on July 13, 2011, on the Showtime television network. The series follows Major League Baseball (MLB) teams before and during the baseball season.

The first season of the show followed the San Francisco Giants as they defended their World Series title during the 2011 Major League Baseball season. The series focused mostly on the players themselves and followed their lives on and off the field. The players featured included Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Pablo Sandoval, Brian Wilson, Buster Posey, and Ryan Vogelsong. The Franchise provides a rare inside view into a Major League clubhouse, showing the ups and downs of a long and trying professional baseball season.

The second season premiered on July 11, 2012 and featured the Miami Marlins, in their first season in their new park. The season was cut short by one episode.On January 12, 2013, Showtime Entertainment President David Nevins said the series will return if the "right team and the right story" is found. The Cleveland Indians have been linked to the show as a possible choice.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.


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